Huaxiagnathus (Chinese/Greek for "Chinese jaw"); pronounced HWAX-ee-ag-NATH-us
Plains of Asia
Early Cretaceous (130 million years ago)
Size and Weight:
About 6 feet long and 75 pounds
Large size; long fingers on hand; probably feathers
Huaxiagnathus towered over the other "dino-birds" that have been discovered in the famous Liaoning fossil beds of China; at six feet in length, this theropod was significantly larger than more famous feathered kin like Sinosauropteryx and Compsognathus, and had correspondingly longer, more grasping hands. As with many Liaoning discoveries, a near-complete specimen of Huaxiagnathus, lacking only the tail, has been found preserved across five large slabs of stone.